Sizzling Satisfaction: Denny’s Loaded Potato Skillet

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Denny’s Potato Skillet is a beloved breakfast classic, a hearty combination of sausage, peppers, onions, and melty cheese nestled over a bed of crispy hash browns. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, perfect for fueling up before a busy day or indulging in a weekend brunch. But what if you could recreate this delicious dish at home, without the wait or restaurant bill? This guide unveils the secrets behind Denny’s Potato Skillet, providing you with everything you need to know to make it in your own kitchen.


Denny’s Ultimate Skillet Recipe
Denny’s Ultimate Skillet Recipe

Sausage: You can use various sausages depending on your preference. Spicy Italian sausage adds a kick, while mild breakfast sausage offers a gentler flavor. Consider using pre-cooked sausage crumbles for convenience, or brown raw sausage links and slice them for a more substantial texture. (around 1 pound)

  • Potatoes: Diced hash browns are the base of this skillet. You can use frozen hash browns for ease, or dice your own russet potatoes for a fresher taste. Aim for bite-sized pieces to ensure even cooking. (around 1.5 pounds)
  • Veggies: The classic combination includes diced red and green bell peppers, and onions. Feel free to experiment with other colorful vegetables like chopped mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, or even a handful of spinach for a nutritional boost.
  • Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese is the melty goodness that ties everything together. You can substitute other cheeses like Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack for a different flavor profile. (around ¾ cup)
  • Eggs: Scrambled eggs are a popular addition to Denny’s Potato Skillet, but feel free to get creative. You can fry them sunny-side up, poach them for a runny center, or even omit them entirely if you prefer a vegetarian option. (2-3 eggs)
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder are essential for adding depth of flavor. You can also experiment with other spices like smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or your favorite breakfast seasoning blend.

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Veggies: Dice your onions, bell peppers, and any other vegetables you’re using. If opting for pre-cooked sausage crumbles, skip to the next step.
    2. Brown the Sausage: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of oil and cook the sausage links until browned, breaking them up with a spoon as they cook. Drain any excess grease if needed. If using pre-cooked crumbles, simply add them to the pan and heat them through.
    3. Cook the Potatoes: Add the diced potatoes (or frozen hash browns) to the skillet with the sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender. This may take 15-20 minutes for fresh potatoes, or follow the cooking instructions for frozen hash browns.
    4. Sauté the Veggies: Once the potatoes are cooked, push them to one side of the skillet. Add a drizzle of oil if needed and sauté the diced onions and bell peppers until softened and slightly caramelized, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Combine and Cheese: Combine the cooked vegetables with the potatoes and sausage. Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly over the skillet and let it melt, about 2-3 minutes. You can cover the pan with a lid for a faster melt.
    6. Scramble the Eggs (Optional): In a separate pan, scramble the eggs with a splash of milk or water. Season with salt and pepper. Once cooked through, add the scrambled eggs to the skillet and fold them gently into the potato mixture.
    7. Serve and Enjoy! Spoon the delicious Potato Skillet onto plates and enjoy it hot. You can garnish with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives for an extra touch of flavor.

    Nutrition Facts (Estimated per Serving):

    Since the ingredients can vary slightly, these are approximate nutrition facts for a Potato Skillet with sausage, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese:

    Calories: Around 600-700

  • Fat: 30-40g (including saturated fat)
  • Carbohydrates: 40-50g (including dietary fiber)
  • Protein: 30-40g
  • Sodium: Around 800mg (depending on the sausage and cheese used)

  • Note: These are just estimates, and the actual nutritional content will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and their portion sizes.